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Data Privacy Week: 11 Best Practices

January 25, 2022

It’s Data Privacy Week and Data Privacy Day is celebrated annually on January 28th around the globe. It’s not as much fun as Canada Day or celebrating the New Year but it is a date worth marking on your calendar. Your online privacy and security are becoming more important.

Security refers to protecting yourself against someone trying to steal your credit card number or hacking your accounts. Privacy is more about keeping your movements from being tracked for purposes of advertising or surveillance.

In today’s world we are more digitally connected than ever before and we’re expected to share more of our personal information online whether we’re using social media, using an app on a mobile device, signing up for coupon codes, or completing online forms. Our online activities are tracked, stored, and analyzed. And that can leave us feeling a bit uneasy.

Here are 11 best practices that you should know to protect yourself.

  1. Limit the personal information you share on social media.
  2. Know what is considered personal information.
  3. Browse in incognito or private mode.
  4. Use a different search engine.
  5. Use a virtual private network (VPN).
  6. Be careful where you click. Beware of phishing attempts.
  7. Report email scams you encounter.
  8. Secure your mobile devices.
  9. Use an anti-virus software.
  10. Take steps to secure your online shopping.
  11. Add privacy blocking extensions to your web browser.

By understanding that your data privacy and security are essential you can start to implement these best practices.

Our Quad Squad team can help you be safer online. Call today at 519-229-8933 or visit our website.